Party Wall, by CODA, is the 2013 winner of the Young Architects’ Program at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 in New York City.
Party Wall is a vertical shade that creates space by the shadow that it casts; that acts as a stage-set for a series of micro-performances, and that sheds its skin in order to accommodate those events. The true definition of a party wall is intended: a wall shared between different users. Weaving together the “bones” and “blanks” that are the bi-product of skateboard manufacturing, Party Wall creates a porous façade that is inhabitable at a range of scales. At its feet, a series of pools is fed via a gravity-operated fountain that engages with its neighboring courtyard. Ballasted by glowing water drops, the custom steel structure is also comprised of left-overs. The structure engages both the urban scale—as one of Long Island City's many signs and billboards—and the scale of the courtyard—as an echo of PS1's own extra-large sign.
Party Wall provokes the question: Does it say something? And if so, what does it say? In fact, it does not say anything in itself, it says something only in relation to the ground and the sun, and even then, says little, except what it would like to be: a WALL.